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February 4, 2014

International Development Week 2014: How SickKids is making a difference

February 2 to 8 is International Development Week, led by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, on the theme "We are Making a Difference." International Development Week is dedicated to exploring and celebrating Canada’s involvement in promoting International Development, with events held all across the country. Canadians are taking this opportunity to share their stories and contributions to development efforts around the world.

SickKids is proud to be a part of Canada’s contribution to improving child health around the world. As one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health, SickKids is in a unique position to make an impact on an international level.

The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health provides a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities and connects researchers and health-care professionals around the world. The centre is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in resource-poor environments around the world through collaboration in groundbreaking research, sustainable capacity building through education, the active communication of results through advocacy, and through promoting improved child health through knowledge and networks. We have created ongoing partnerships in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Asia.

Our global research teams drive groundbreaking investigations, including those aimed at saving lives at birth through mechanisms such as safe birth kits to prevent and identify infections. Among our many research projects, we investigate how to prevent growth stunting due to vitamin deficiencies and how to help children meet their nutritional needs, and we explore the treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

Our sustainable capacity building projects focus on collaborative paediatric health workforce training and education programs, and health systems strengthening on newborn, child and adolescent health issues where there is a match between local need and SickKids’ expertise. We work with our many partners to collaboratively identify knowledge gaps and devise appropriate solutions that support international health and development agendas.

As part of our activities around International Development Week, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health will host the 8th Annual SickKids Global Child Health Day on February 18, where we will welcome thought-leaders from Canada and around the world, and over 200 participants to explore core issues at the heart of the global child health agenda. This year’s thought-provoking program is focused on the theme of Global Adolescent Health.

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